SAT, FEB 9, 2019

"Olga Kern [is] an absolute whiz at the piano." —The New York Times

Olga Kern

"This immensely talented artist turned in a performance that was dignified, controlled and almost majestic..." —The Washington Post

The Broad Stage - Main Stage


Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is recognized as one of her generation’s great artists. For her Broad Stage recital debut, she performs a thrilling program highlighted by Beethoven’s monumental Waldstein sonata and Balakirev’s technically astounding Islamey.

Program notes available here.

About the Artist

Olga Kern jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. Her discography includes her GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other transcriptions (2004), Brahms Variations (2007) and Chopin Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3 (2010). She was featured in the award-winning documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge.

First-prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Ms. Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016, she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. In addition to opening the Baltimore Symphony’s 2015/16 centennial season with Marin Alsop, Ms. Kern has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Rochester Philharmonic, Orchestre National De Lyon and the San Antonio, Detroit, Nashville, Madison, New Mexico, Austin and NHK Symphonies. She has toured South Africa with the Cape and KwaZulu Natal Philharmonics and Israel with the Israel Symphony. As an avid recitalist, she has appeared in solo and collaborative recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Osaka, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich, Chatelet in Paris, Van Wezel Hall in Sarasota, 92nd Street Y, Meany Hall in Seattle and the University of Kansas’ Lied Center.

Playbill Interview with 2001 Van Cliburn Winner Olga Kern

Olga Kern discusses Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Billy Joel and her neverending quest to discover new interpretations and sounds within beloved classical music here.

Olga Kern Stuns Again at Art of the Piano 2018

Kern ended the annual University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music festival by tackling - and conquering - yet another technically challenging recital in Cincinnati Business Courier's review here

Spotlight Talk with Shanon Zusman starting at 6:45 PM. Learn more here.


Scarlatti: 3 Sonatas
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”
Gershwin: Three Preludes                     
Gershwin: “Fascinating Rhythm” from Seven Virtuoso Etudes (arr. Earl Wild)


Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux, Op. 16 No. 4 in E minor
Rachmaninoff: 7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10 No. 3 “Barcarolle”
Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantasie, Op. 3 No. 4 “Polichinelle”
Scriabin: 2 Etudes (No. 4, Op. 42 & No. 5, Op. 42)
Balakirev: Islamey, Op. 18

Classical Music Series at The Broad Stage made possible in part by the generous support of the Colburn Foundation.


Simone Dinnerstein
Takács Quartet